I Have Temporarily Left The Mountain

ON LEAVE

Another year has passed a bit too quickly and I find myself on leave yet again, I don’t know why people find it odd that I have 5 weeks of continuous leave but when you live 11 months of the year deep in shags where there are not many creature conforts or interaction with people other than workmates then it is too short a time. This week is being spent acclimatizing i.e. in bed! But I have a camping tour at the end of the week to the Maasai mara courtesy of the good guys at Bunduz this is my first time to use their services but I hae gotten some good recommendations from blogger pals who have used them in the recent past. The other 4 weeks are taken up by a series of personal projects and generally catching up with long lost pals. Also some movie watching is lined up and top of my list is the new Batman movie The Dark Knight which has been getting great reviews and breaking box office records, will probably post a review when I do watch it.

New Gadget

By now most of you who read this blog know I am a gadget freak well my latest acquisition is a Nikon digital SLR the Nikon D40 after my previous camera was permanently borrowed at a public function I have been surviving on the generous mercies of friends and colleagues to take photos, I have one of those 35mm film gadgets but trust me nothing can motivate me to use it. After admiring the intimidating gadget that EGM carries around I got interested in dSLR’s primarily because you can get more control out of them and it could be an asset at work where I deal with small little critters that you either can’t approach closely or won’t sit still and pose for a photo. Of course the brand debate kicked in (Nikon vs Canon), the specs   (Megapixels etc), accessories (Zoom lenses) and I finally settled on the Nikon D40 or the Canon 400D which are both entry level dSLR’s for non professional consumers and hobbyists, I settled for the Nikon D40 primarily cos of price and the fact that I was able to get a bundle offer with a kit lens (18-55mm) and a Zoom (55-200mm) at a very attractive price this is enough to get me started and I believe with a bit more practice I may decide to upgrade and get a better lens preferably upto 300mm and with Vibration Reduction(VR) for those long distance nature shots.

Here are a few Day 1 shots I managed to take it took ages trying to downloading despite compressing them and cropping, the birds were particularly had to take with the zoom lens but i trust I will learn the art of tracking moving objects.

ps:  to Xs The geese are not gay but I am attempted to bring in another female and see if we can get a menage a trois going!

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Its all about the Short Skirts!

This past weekend was the first that I had to relax after a long busy season so I didn’t have anything particular on my agenda other than some serious RnR. Fortunately it was a big sporting weekend with the Wimbeldon Finals and British GrandPrix happening. So Saturday afternoon found me at my favourite sportsbar watching the Womens Final at Wimbeldon then I remembered a heated debate last  year about whether it is fair for the women tennis players to win the same amount of prize money  as the men yet they played only best of 3 sets while men played 5 sets. This may look like the prize is skewed in favour of the women players and I was inclined to agree with that line of reasoning but on serious thought I now agree that it is fair that they get equal share of the purse.

My reasoning for this is due to the fact that for most sporting tournaments the majority of the revenue is from television rights and media coverage hence it is the number of spectators that a sport can attract not the physical exertion on the field or the length of the game (if that was the case cricket players would be the highest paid!) In all honesty womens tennis tends to get much more coverage in the sports pages and more so in the pictures, hence my blog title – the short skirts must have something to do with it!

To the actual game it was a great pleasure to see the Williams sisters in the finals again I am a big fan of Venus especially (and its not just about the the thighs!) she never gives up on a shot and knowing how Serena can be a big hitter it was quite a captivating match up. Sadly I missed the Mens final between Federer and Nadal it seems to me that those two have been so dominant in mens Tennis lately such that it is either one or the other winning the Grand Slams.

BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER

Again I missed the British Grandprix at Silverstone I kinda expected it to be like the French grandprix which despite my team Ferarri winning was quite a drab affair with the two Ferarris like 15 seconds ahead of all the rest but unfortunately it was not to be. I have to give it to Lewis Hamilton for showing such tenacity to win the race despite qualifying in fourth position, He almost took the lead at the first turn! Ferarri on the other had made a serious tactical error by failing to fit Raikonnens car with fresh wet tyres after which it promptly started raining. The consequences for Kimi were tragic with catastrophic grip failure now the championship is a 3 way race which should lead to very exciting races in the second half of the championship. If only Hamilton could drive a Ferarri the kid would be unbeatable!!!

Finally after contemplating a Hiatus I have retracted and now looking forward to some leave days (weeks!) so anyone with some plots to do in the cold July month please share.